I am writing to you today in response to the recent announcement by the Catholic Bishops of Minnesota to move ahead with plans to resume Masses at one-third church capacity beginning May 26.
With the above in mind, we are hoping to begin weekday public Masses
on Tuesday, June 2 (at
one-fourth* capacity, following strict safety protocols). If all goes well with
weekday Masses, and we feel adequately prepared, we hope to have our first
public weekend Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood
of Christ) on Sunday, June 14.
Please note that this schedule is tentative. More details about our safety
protocols will be forthcoming.
For the present time,
we will continue to livestream our daily Masses and the Solemnities of the
Ascension, Pentecost, and the Trinity (the next three weekends). Additionally,
even after public Masses resume, we will continue to livestream all Masses. Again, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass
and Holy Days of Obligation is still suspended, so do not feel obliged to
attend in person if you are not comfortable doing so.
A parish survey is
being prepared to help ensure we hear your voice in this planning. Please
watch your email in the coming days for a link to this survey. For weekly
reminders and updates, subscribe to our email newsletter which is sent out
every Thursday! If you have immediate feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office (651-227-7669).
Thank you for your
continued support. We are grateful for your participation in our virtual Masses
and other prayer opportunities and for continuing to do and be church for one another during this difficult time. I ask you to pray for this
community. Our communal and individual prayers are powerful forces.
As always, we are open
to your thoughts and suggestions as we work to be here for you.
Fr. Warren, Pastor
* Updated from one-third to one-fourth capacity based on new directives (May 23, 2020)
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